THE QUES­TION Should I try and ride li

Foot out or foot in? Liam does the Husky Hokey Cokey

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up­er­mo­tos are funny old things. Are they off-road bikes with road pre­ten­sions, or the other way round? Should you stick your knee out or your in­side foot for­ward, mo­tocross-style? As a road rider I ride the 701 like any other road bike; in­side foot firmly on the peg, wheels strictly in-line.

To find out how a proper su­per­moto rider rides, I spoke to 10 times Bri­tish cham­pion Chris Hodg­son. He said: “It’s a knack all on its own. I sit up­right and the bike’s on the edge of the tyre to make it slide into the cor­ner. Once you slide into the cor­ner part of the turn has al­ready been made so on tighter corners it’s a quicker way round. Sit­ting on top and hav­ing your foot out is a safety de­vice when you feel ei­ther end move. Stick your foot into the floor and you can nor­mally save it. I can’t see it be­ing of any ben­e­fit to a rider on the road.”

After my chat with Chris I went out for a spin, legs wav­ing like football scarves out of car win­dows at ev­ery turn as I tried my best to ride like a su­per­moto

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